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TODAY'S QUESTION: Are you surprised by the MU baseball team's sluggish season?

Friday, April 22, 2011 | 1:25 p.m. CDT; updated 3:03 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 22, 2011

MU's baseball team (15-22) is last in the Big 12 Conference and the only team not to have reached the 20-win mark this season. The Tigers are 3-9 in conference play.

Four players lead the team with strong batting averages this season, including outfielder Jonah Schmidt, who's posted a .301 batting average through 37 games.

Left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny leads the pitching staff with 55 innings pitched and holds the Tigers' second-best earned run average of 3.60.

Missouri ended a nine-game losing streak last weekend when they beat Kansas at Taylor Stadium, but the Tigers still lost the series 2-1. Missouri hadn't lost a series to Kansas in Columbia since 1983.

The Tigers have 17 games left on their schedule. They defeated Baylor on Thursday in Waco, Texas. Baylor and Missouri hold the two lowest spots in the conference standings and are set to play at 3 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday.

The final three series for Missouri feature teams exclusively in the bottom half of the Big 12: Kansas State, Texas Tech and Nebraska.

Missouri ended its 2010 regular season at 27-25 with a 10-16 conference record. The Tigers finished in 9th place in the Big 12 before Texas A&M eliminated them in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. In 2009, the team finished 3rd in the Big 12 and posted a 32-23 record.

Are you surprised by the MU baseball team's sluggish season?


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